I received some amazingly insightful questions.

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i asked someone, aged around 48 years old, one day, "tell me honestly: are you afraid to use a computer?" and they answered, wide-eyed with what can only be described as both surprise and relief, "why yes, i am!"

now, this state of affairs - in the year 2016 - simply should not be the case. it is OUTRAGEOUS that people should live their lives in fear of technology, for their bank account information to be stolen, personal pictures taken and posted publicly (regardless of whether they are a celebrity or not). they should not feel stressed or angered by the use of the devices that they feel COMPELLED to use (because through peer pressure they "cannot do without"). they should not be made to feel incompetent at living their lives if they choose to remain on older technology, or even choose not to use it at all.

2

in different ways, i feel that both the microsoft and the apple OSes are taking advantage of people. they've both been developed in ways that are designed to exploit people, because that's simply what commercial profit-maximising companies are designed to do: get people by absolutely any means possible (regardless of the psychological and health damage done as a result), get them hooked and trapped, and then get as much money out of them as can be achieved for as long as possibly can be achieved. that people PUT UP with this says a lot about them as is does about the success of the insidious and exploitative techniques being used to entrap them.

are there any redeeming qualities? if i said "yes" to either, the list of caveats that would need to be added would be so long as to make any such "qualities" completely pointless (and, in doing so, would have illustrated the point perfectly), namely that this is a perfect illustration of the Bill of Ethics: ethical ends may never be achieved by unethical means. in short: there are qualities in both, but they turn completely to ash in the context of the unethical means by which each company delivers and ensnares users.

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i don't feel like i am on track with my work. the timescales are accelerating with every day that goes by where the U.S. Treasury continues its policy of deflating the U.S. dollar (the world's reserve currency) by allowing the Federal Reserve to blithely print out more and more money, hand over fist. Read Senator Ron Paul's book, "End the Fed", for the background material here, but bear in mind that the Libertarian Movement in the U.S. (look up the "Free State Project") is just one instance of how people are adapting through the use of Bitcoin and the development of crypto-currencies and Blockchain in general.

my primary concern is that China, with 1.4 billion people, may decide (and apparently this is actually apparently being seriously considered) to STOP hyper-inflating its currency in line with the U.S. Dollar. first signs of this will be that all the goods we buy from China will go up, world-wide, by a factor of two. then five. then ten. then fifty. then a hundred.

you pay $500 for that laptop, right now: would you pay $5,000 or $50,000 in real terms, right now, for exactly the same item? how about $100,000?

nobody would, would they? so... what do you think would happen to all the factories in China that depend on exports? they'd shut down, wouldn't they? you think China could keep its Citizens under control if a hundred to two hundred MILLION of them are suddenly out of work? what's the "normal" response to this? start a war, isn't it?

now imagine instead that computers are divided into two parts: an easy bit, and a hard bit. the easy bit is big and heavy and can be manufactured locally, because it's designed to be. the hard bit is tiny, weighs under 40 grammes, is a fully functioning computer and you can fit 40,000 of them into a single cubic metre of a shipping container.

the "hard" bit could be done by China (in deliberately labour-intensive ways that keeps lots and lots of people thoroughly occupied), and the "easy" bit could be done locally in 1st world automated factories to keep the costs down in the 1st world countries in which the hybrid products are sold.

the same thing goes for vehicles: the complex parts can be done abroad (and packed tightly into shipping containers) whilst the easy (larger) bits can be made locally, using 3D printers.

to get all this done and out the door, into mainstream awareness and actually into production, the thing is that the only definition of "on track" that actually matters is, "when it's actually shipping". i'm still at the preparation phase and i really, really need some help, both financially as well as actual willing hands who fully understand the significance and the urgency of the global economic situation that the incumbent "working-from-the-shadows" individuals are responsible for, and are prepared to throw a stake in the ground and say "ENOUGH. how do we FIX this so that we and our future families actually HAVE a future".

this, really, is why your questions are so valuable.